What's hot: Once the effects of Tropical Storm Debby calm in the gulf, it's time to head offshore. Wrecks and artificial reefs are holding large schools of permit. Reliable coordinates are the main concern. I have a network of friends I can trust. Permit like to feed off of the structure, eating barnacles, shrimp and crabs. Fill the well full of crabs the day before and keep them alive with a portable aerator. The strongest outgoing tides toward the end of the day are the best time to locate crabs.
Tactics: Once I get to the wreck, I anchor up using a high definition GPS trolling motor, then put the motor in the water and hit the anchor button on the remote control. If off a little, I can "jog" the boat in any direction with the arrow buttons.
Tackle: With permit, use a little heavier tackle. Ten-pound gear will not work in deep water; it is just too light. Thirty-pound braid with a long 30-pound fluorocarbon leader is needed to land these strong creatures. A large 60 series reel capable of holding 300 yards of line is needed.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.